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Kids on the Ball. 366 likes · 12 talking about this. King Street Center donations at: http://www.kingstreetcenter.org
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The Cuban American Friendship Society, Kids on the Ball and @Hinding Tennis celebrating the signing of the bill of lading at the National Tennis Center in Havana, Cuba - The signing of this document will now allow the materials needed to repair the courts at The National Tennis to be received into Cuba.

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Local effort brings tennis courts to Cuba

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Vermont generosity is paying off in a big way for kids in Cuba who love tennis.
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Kids on the Ball. 366 likes · 12 talking about this. King Street Center donations at: http://www.kingstreetcenter.org
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The Cuban American Friendship Society, Kids on the Ball and @Hinding Tennis celebrating the signing of the bill of lading at the National Tennis Center in Havana, Cuba - The signing of this document will now allow the materials needed to repair the courts at The National Tennis to be received into Cuba.

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Tennis Legend Jake Agna Takes Kids to Cuba

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Few sounds say "summer" more than the thwack! of a tennis ball and the shuffle of sneaker-clad feet on a clay court. Unless yo
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Kids on the Ball Cuba to re-build 10 tennis courts in Havana

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His Vermont Kids on The Ball Program along with the Cuban American Friendship Society are now taking this new found relationship a step further. After President Obama’s executive order to lift sanctions on the communist island, the group was able to get approval to re-build 10 tennis courts at the National Tennis Center in Havana.

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Jake and team will initiate the first brick and mortar project in Cuba since the Eisenhower administration. 

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Cuba poised to slash landing fees as commercial flights near

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For years, Cuba’s state-run airports have charged U.S.-based flights landing fees that are considered high at best and discriminatory at worst. But those fees are expected to fall in line with rates paid from other nations once U.S. commercial carriers land in Cuba as early as September.
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Looking ahead to more of us travelling to Cuba.

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VT Nonprofit to Rebuild Cuba Tennis Center

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HAVANA, CUBA- In an historic meeting on March 1, 2016, the Cuban government approved a project to rebuild the tennis courts at the National Tennis Center in Havana, Cuba. The project is the vision of Jake Agna, tennis pro of Burlington, Vermont.
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The Cuban government finally approves the project!

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West Haven Company Gets Ready to Make History in Cuba

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WEST HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — A West Haven company is getting ready to make history itself all for what it’s doing in Cuba.
“We are going to repair all of the cracks that are on the surface and then we are going to roll this sheet product out and then we coat it with the acrylic color coatings,” said Steve Hinding with Hinding Tennis.
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Kids on the Ball/CAFS  project in Havana to be completed in May.

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APNewsBreak: US OK's first factory in Cuba since revolution

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The Obama administration has approved the first U.S. factory in Cuba in more than half a century, allowing a two-man company from Alabama to build a plant assembling as many as 1,000 small tractors a year for sale to private farmers in Cuba.
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This is a milestone that may set a trend for others.

"I think it'll have a tremendous impact on their ability not only to help their economy but to set an example across the Caribbean and Latin America," Berenthal said.

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The Latest from Jake - February 2016

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When did Kids on the Ball start?

We started up on the summer of 2000 at Kennedy Drive in South Burlington.   We had 20 kids to start and within a couple years were up to hundreds of kids.  It took off quickly.  We started with Boys and Girls Club then switched over to King Street Youth Center and we used their 501c3.  Now we are back to not only King Street Center and the Boys and Girls club, but really any kid with section 8 housing.

 

What made you decide to tackle Cuba regarding Kids on the Ball?

Well I saw a program on Cuba on a Sunday morning on CBS.  Wynton Marsalis was doing music down there with kids.  It looked like the kids were great.  I just wanted to see it.  I hooked up with CAFS and got down there and I saw tremendous attitude and talent and I just wanted to help out any way I could.

 

How did the Cuban American Friendship Society come together with Kids on the Ball?
I wanted to get down to Cuba just to see it and could not figure a way to get down there. I saw a poster at Burlington College about Cuba and called the number on the poster and got a meeting with Jared Carter and Sandy Baird of the Cuban American Friendship Society to ask them about it. They wanted to know more about the Kids on the Ball program and what my intentions were. At that point, I did not know what I was going to do, but I knew I wanted to go down and see the tennis. Jared and Sandy setup the initial meetings with the Tennis Federation and the Ministry of sport. Once I got down there, within 24 hours I was meeting with the highest levels of people in tennis and in sport. That relationship helped tremendously to get things going. Once I decided that I was going to try and help them fix their courts, the Cuba American Friendship Society was the ideal group to associate with as we could use their 501c3 to get this done successfully.

 

 

What needs to happen to have Cuba a success?

What it needs right now is a little bit more money in phase one to fix up the courts at the National Tennis Center. We have approval from the US commerce department, so what needs to happen now is for the Cuban government to okay the project.  Then the next phase is the building there and that’s gonna fall in line once we get the courts going.  Then I think businesses will jump in and help.  Third phase is an exchange with Cuba kids and kids here.  Kids from all over will want to go there.

 

Where do you see Kids on the Ball going from here?

I see Kids on the Ball getting kids exchanging from all over the country.  Cuba is great, but also New Orleans, LA, Beverly Hills.   Just an exchange of kids here in different parts of the country and Cuba.  Live in the city for a maybe week and play tennis.

 

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Hollande calls for swift end to US Cuba sanctions as Raul Castro visits Paris

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French President, François Hollande, has called for a rapid end to US sanctions on Cuba during a historic visit to Paris by President Raul Castro. After giving the 84-year-old leader a warm welcome at the Elysée presidential palace, Hollande said that the US President Barak Obama must end a "Cold War" practise.
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France agreed last Monday to convert half of Cuba's debt arrears to Paris into investment projects during a visit by Cuban President Raul Castro to the French capital to forge closer ties.

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Cuban American Friendship Society

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The Cuban American Friendship Society (CAFS) was formed in 1981 by a small group of individuals in the United States and Cuba with a shared interest in building bridges. Not bridges of steel and concrete but bridges between people. Bridges between communities and bridges between countries. For too long, Cuba and the United States had been isolated from each other. After a trip to Cuba, CAFS's founders decided that only through direct connections and exchanges based on the principle of mutual respect and shared benefit could Cubans and people from the United States come together. The Cuban American Friendship Society recognized that solving the problems of our time require engagement, discussion, and most of all human interactions. CAFS and the varied people-to-people exchanges we offer and coordinate build these bridges.
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"The Cuban American Friendship Society's mission is to build community by fostering connections between the people of Cuba and the United States."

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"The Cuban American Friendship Society's mission is to build community by fostering connections between the people of Cuba and the United States."

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KIDS ON THE BALL

Learn more about King Street Center's Kids on the Ball Program, featuring Coach Jake Agna.
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This video from Smooth Feather provides some of the vision  that drives Jake Agna and the many volunteers associated with Kids on The Ball. 

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Things to do in Havana

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Discover great things to do in Havana, Cuba. Find the best restaurants, bars, beaches, music and culture in Cuba's capital, with Time Out's local experts | See more about Cuba, Havana Cuba and Vintage Cars.

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Thinking ahead to our next trip to Cuba! In addition to spreading the love of tennis, we'll check out the city, cool cars and cafés.


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Guilford man’s West Haven firm gets warm reception rebuilding tennis courts in Cuba

Guilford man’s West Haven firm gets warm reception rebuilding tennis courts in Cuba | KIDS ON THE BALL | Scoop.it
While Cuba has been dominating the national news lately, with the death of Cuban Leader Fidel Castro and the first direct flight from the United States to the island, Hinding Tennis LLC is also making Cuban history.
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It is underway!

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BQ now - Videos | Facebook

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BQ now. 549 likes · 248 talking about this. Part documentary, part talk show; Big Questions engages you in world-class conversations abou
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Coming January 2017 this episode will look at the first infrastructure project being conducted in Cuba in over 60 years; resurfacing the Havana tennis courts. However, this project is about more than tennis. It is about restoring friendships that have been lost for generations.

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VT Nonprofit to Rebuild Cuba Tennis Center

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HAVANA, CUBA- In an historic meeting on March 1, 2016, the Cuban government approved a project to rebuild the tennis courts at the National Tennis Center in Havana, Cuba. The project is the vision of Jake Agna, tennis pro of Burlington, Vermont.

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The Cuban government finally approves the project!

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VT Nonprofit to Rebuild Cuba Tennis Center

VT Nonprofit to Rebuild Cuba Tennis Center | KIDS ON THE BALL | Scoop.it
HAVANA, CUBA- In an historic meeting on March 1, 2016, the Cuban government approved a project to rebuild the tennis courts at the National Tennis Center in Havana, Cuba. The project is the vision of Jake Agna, tennis pro of Burlington, Vermont.

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The Cuban government finally approves the project!

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US opens door wide to Cuba travel ahead of Obama visit

US opens door wide to Cuba travel ahead of Obama visit | KIDS ON THE BALL | Scoop.it
The Obama administration declared that Americans could visit the island freely for "individual people-to-people educational travel," chipping away at the nation's five-decade-old embargo on Cuba, which Congress has refused to repeal.
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Besides reduced travel restrictions, American companies will now also be able to hire Cunbans inside of the US.

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Kids on the Ball Cuba to re-build 10 tennis courts in Havana

Kids on the Ball Cuba to re-build 10 tennis courts in Havana | KIDS ON THE BALL | Scoop.it
His Vermont Kids on The Ball Program along with the Cuban American Friendship Society are now taking this new found relationship a step further. After President Obama’s executive order to lift sanctions on the communist island, the group was able to get approval to re-build 10 tennis courts at the National Tennis Center in Havana.
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Jake and team will initiate the first brick and mortar project in Cuba since the Eisenhower administration. 

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President Obama to visit Cuba in coming weeks

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Senior administration official confirms the plans to CBS News; trip "definitely a shocker," one analyst says

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Obama to visit  on March 21 and 22. 

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Wired, at last

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The battle of the blogs begins
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While I was in Havana last year, I was surprised at the lack of internet connection possibilities. The laying of this new fiber optic cable will certainly help the infrastructure and allow communication back home to be flow a bit easier.

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Cuba: ‘complete end to US embargo needed’ to normalise relations

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world news - Cuba is entering a new era in diplomatic relations. At the start of 2016, President Raul Castro became the first Cuban leader to visit France in 21
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Following a fruitful visit to France, it seems like President Castro is defining some clear lines.

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Obama administration loosens Cuba embargo with new measures - News - NorthJersey.com

Obama administration loosens Cuba embargo with new measures - News - NorthJersey.com | KIDS ON THE BALL | Scoop.it
The new measures expand the different instances in which Americans can travel to Cuba without a specific permit, including filming movies and television programs, conducting market research and commercial marketing and organizing professional meetings and sports events.

While the embargo prohibits pure tourism, Obama's changes have largely turned the ban into a toothless honor system requiring travelers to self-report the purported legal reason for their travel to their airline or travel agent and then not engage in tourism on the island.
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Looks like travelling to Cuba for US citizens is becoming easier and easier. 

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USAID announces $6 million in Cuba grants

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January 22, 2016 |  Print | 1  81  0 134
By Tracey Eaton

HAVANA TIMES – The U.S. Agency for International Development on Thursday announced that it is offering $6 million in grants over a three-year period to organizations that will “provide humanitarian assistance to political prisoners and their families, and politically marginalized individuals and groups in Cuba.”

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"In the grant notice, USAID warns against sending American citizens to Cuba.


Special thought and consideration should be given to the selection of consultants and other personnel who may be required to travel to the island. To the extent possible, travel by American citizens should be avoided. It is preferable for these personnel to speak Spanish fluently, possess solid understanding of the cultural context, and have prior experience on the island, in order to maximize their effectiveness in this unique operating environment."

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US Moves To Lift Cuba Travel Ban

Americans looking to travel to Cuba could be doing so very soon thanks to the Obama Administration working with the Castros to lift any travel bans of US cit...

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Looks like the tide is starting to shift regarding travelling to Cuba.

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